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Women’s Hair Loss

Hair Loss in Women

Hair loss for women is often devastating and embarrassing.  Many women are not aware they are candidates for hair transplant surgery or even that their hair loss requires a thorough disease-specific medical evaluation. Our culture has accepted male hair transplantation, but somehow the message has not reached enough women that their hair loss can be treated!

This fact is confirmed by recent research conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. In their recent studies, they report that over 21 million women in the U.S. are affected by hair loss. They estimate more women are being treated for hair loss than in the past decade. In 2008, 15% of hair surgery patients were women up from 11% in 2004. We recognize female hair loss patients require another approach for female hair and eyebrow transplantation.

Female pattern balding affects the whole top of the head. It has a more diffuse pattern; the hormone and enzyme receptor sites are on different areas of the scalp in comparison to male.

Female Hair Loss types for NeoGraft NYC

3 Types of Hair Loss 

  • Localized hair Loss
  • Patterned hair Loss
  • Diffuse Hair Loss

Localized Hair Loss
Local hair loss occurs from scaring and non-scaring diagnoses. Alopecia Areata is a genetic condition and is the most common non-scaring etiology of hair loss. Scaring hair loss is seen in Lupus, Lichen Planus, or local radiation. Baldness from injuries, or from local medical problems that have been cured, are usually amenable to hair transplantation.

Patterned Hair Loss
Some women have a hair loss pattern similar to men. Women with male pattern loss typically have thinning in the frontal hairline and the top of the scalp, while the sides of the scalp remain relatively spared. Women with this hair loss pattern make excellent candidates for surgical restoration.

Diffuse Hair Loss
Diffuse thinning of the scalp is the most common form of female hair loss. Diffuse thinning involves a reduction in the diameter and thickness of the hair shaft. The medical term for this type of thinning is “Diffuse Un-patterned Alopecia”. These women have thinning that involves the donor area, so women with this type of hair loss are generally not good candidates for surgery.

In order to treat female hair loss, the cause must be examined. three main treatment routes are considered:

a) Medical Treatment
b) Hair Transplant
c) Combination of Medical and Surgical Treatment

The best way to diagnose the female hair loss type is with a personal consultation. The final diagnosis will determine the benefits of a medical treatment regime and whether a hair transplant is a viable option for resolving the problem.

If transplantation is recommended, there are two types of surgical procedures available for women who desire thicker hair and/or fuller eyebrows. For those women who are eligible to have surgery, the procedures available are the NeoGraft, a simple and less invasive surgical method ( Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) and the Strip Method.

Of the two procedures, NeoGraft is the most desirable cosmetic procedure because it does not leave a large linear scar at the back of your scalp. This procedure is also performed in the safety and comfort of a small outpatient office surgical setting. On the other hand, the Strip method leaves sutures or staples, healing is more complicated, and the risk of bleeding and nerve damage is higher. Maryland Hair Restoration performs FUE with the NeoGraft. As technology progresses, so does Maryland Hair Restoration.

Women's Hair Loss Classification

 

When to consider hair transplantation?

Every female patient should undergo a routine hormonal and medical evaluation for hair loss. Women typically don’t have these stable sites wherein balding-resistant hair follicles can be found. Unlike men, women are likely to go bald not just on the top of their head, but also all over. All areas of a woman’s head are affected by DHT (Dihydrotestosterone).  DHT is a  female version of the male hormone testosterone, however, it kills the hair follicles, which makes it a challenge to have a successful hair transplant.

This makes women not good candidates for hair transplant surgery. That said,  only a small percentage of women (approximately 5%) with baldness problems that can benefit from hair transplant surgery. These women tend to have areas (donor sites) in their head that have healthy hair follicles.

A disease specific work up is important because it establishes whether hair loss treatment is managed by medical, surgical, or a combination of both treatment options. The final decision to have surgery is generally dependent upon whether your hair loss appears to have stopped, your loss is mainly at the hairline, and balding is concentrated in one or two areas.

Before having a hair transplant, get evaluated by a medical specializing in hair and hair transplants. Dr. Arora offers FREE consultations! He and his caring staff are there to ensure a high quality experience.

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